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Product: Book - Paperback
Title: JavaScript Bible, Fifth Edition
Publisher: John Wiley & Sons
Authors: Danny Goodman, Michael Morrison
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Excellent reference - not so good at teaching programming


If you already know how to program and you're looking for a good JavaScript reference, this is the book for you. However, if you're not already an experienced programmer this book won't be of much help. JavaScript Concepts & Techniques: Programming Interactive Web Sites does a much better job of teaching people to program in JavaScript. The JavaScript Bible assumes you already understand basic programming concepts and can program efficiently in some other language.

That said, Danny Goodman's JavaScript Bible does an excellent job of explaining the idiosyncrasies of the JavaScript language to experienced programmers. The book contains detailed syntax listings and descriptions of Core and Client-Side JavaScript objects, properties, and methods. Pertinent examples make it easy to put the explanations into context.

Every JavaScript programmer worth her salt has a copy of the JavaScript Bible on her bookshelf.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: The Non-Designer's Design Book, Second Edition
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Robin Williams
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
Opens the eyes of the design-blind


Why review a seven year-old design book, one ostensibly before the widespread adoption of the Web? Because design principles existed long before the web, and because this book is both fundamental to learning about design, and directly applicable to Web design.
Four principles of composition and a handy set of categories and contrasts of typography make this simple book a pleasure to read. The author starts out with the story of how sometimes there are things of which we are unaware, but once we recognize, we see everywhere. Design patterns and elements are everywhere around us (both good and bad), but we simply don't recognize them, don't have words for them, and are unable to *see* them. This uncomplicated, yet powerful set of design principles can open the eyes of the design-blind.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: LDAP System Administration
Publisher: O'Reilly
Authors: Gerald Carter
Rating: 3/5
Customer opinion - 3 stars out of 5
Great basic implementation ideas, lacking in some areas


The book starts with a section on a brief introduction of LDAP before moving in LDAPv3 overview. OpenLDAP takes two chapters, then a section of chapters on Application Integration. Letting LDAP replace NIS, integrating with email, Unix and LDAP, LDAP interoperability and LDAP and Perl finish the chapters off. There are some appendixes that include some of the common Attributes and Objects also.
If you are using Windows and some LDAP application this book does not contain a lot of information for you specific to the OS, but is a great reference for LDAP overall. Most of the code examples rely on Unix understandings. The review of access and OpenLDAP applies directly to numerous systems in understanding how rights are applied.
Replication and referrals is a great topic that is covered well for the beginner. For someone wanting advanced architecture ideas and designs, this chapter does not go deep enough for you. But I enjoyed it still letting me review and pick up a few items I was unaware of.
LDAP administrators that are just starting out, or even ones that have been doing LDAP for some time and need to secure or expand the directory infrastructure could benefit from this book.



Product: Book - Paperback
Title: Macromedia Flash MX 2004 Advanced for Windows and Macintosh : Visual QuickPro Guide (Visual Quickpro Guide)
Publisher: Peachpit Press
Authors: Russell Chun, Joe Garraffo
Rating: 5/5
Customer opinion - 5 stars out of 5
It's worth the investment


Chun and Garraffo did an excellent job in creating a book that could be used in and out of a classroom setting. It is also a great reference tool if you need to brush up on something you once learned. Having come from a marketing background, this book is very easy to understand and can truly teach someone how to develop an entire Flash site.